Scott G WintertonDeseret News
Eric EngmanFairbanks Daily News-Miner
Sports action should have peak action and we thought each of these pictures had that going for them. First - It has it all. Peak moment, very good composition and drama. Second - Peak action and clean. We thought that cropping up from the bottom (crop out the number 5( would have made the picture stronger and cleaner at the bottom. Attention to these details matter. Third - We lol’d and then read the very good caption. The tight face, emotion and drama made this odd event interesting.
Judges: Sue Morrow/NPPA Magazine, Michael Rondou/Retired San Jose Mercury News, John Agnone/Retired National Geographic